Building a New Community

It’s time for me to make something happen. To move a dream onto the path of reality. Specifically: it’s time to begin building an inner-East Side Jewish community.

There’s a lot of details left to work out. Some of them I’m deliberately leaving up in the air until I have a group of collaborators to create the community with me. Other details I just haven’t worked out yet. But there are some things I do know:

  • It will be a community which, while Jewish, will be welcoming to non-Jews as well, whether in interfaith relationships or not.
  • It will be a community which is welcoming to people of all genders, sexual orientations and identities.
  • It will be a mult-generational community.
  • We will join together to find fulfillment in spiritual experience, whether through traditional Jewish modes or less traditional modes.
  • And there will be services, at least on occasion, because I like praying, damn it.
As for the rest, it’s waiting to be worked out. And I’d love for you to be a part of working it out. Because I don’t want this community to be a reflection of me: I want it to be a reflection of those of us who consider ourselves “inner-East-Siders” and “Jews.” So drop me a line, let me know that you’re interested. Because I have a good feeling about this.

8 Replies to “Building a New Community”

  1. My family might be interested. Definitely inner-east-siders, and definitely Jews, though of the mostly-secular-non-practicing variety. I’ve been struggling through adulthood about what my Judaism does or should mean for me, and for my kids– would love to share that with others in a community-centric way. I can’t seem to find your email address, but drop me a line as things develop!

  2. I’m interested! I live near 39th and Division…not sure where you are thinking of setting up shop…but I’d be interested in having a Jewish Community to feel a part of.

    Cheers,
    Annie

  3. May be just what we have been looking for and excited about being a part of the “birth” of a community. We love services as well, as long as there is joy and singing!

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